Thursday, September 30, 2010,Thursday, September 30, 2010

Well, this is Chintadaripet a notorious area of Chennai, right in the heart of the city, close to Egmore and Central Railway station



Has your car been ever stolen ? Your motor bike or your scooter perhaps ? You'll never get it back even if you lodge a complaint with the police. Within hours your car motor bike or scooter would be ripped apart piece by piece and sold to these shop keepers. 
This area is ruled by thugs.



the cops know where your car has gone but they'll do nothing. They know who has stolen your car if you tell them where you had parked it. The cops get the cut from the car thief of that area. plus these shop keepers have to part with good sum of money every week to the local thugs and the cops to run the business of stolen spares, under the guise of legitimate used car spares.




In this area you'll find hundreds of work shops and some of the best automobile mechanics in the world. 

The welder here had just finished his job as i approached him.
i want to take some pictures i said
i'll weld something for you he said. actually he was working on the wheel in the foreground. So be brought a frame and cut it for the picture. 
sweet guy.


oh these guys can put a completely dead jeep back on the road.


Thursday, September 23, 2010,Thursday, September 23, 2010
overseas call

The morning newspaper horoscope said you'll receive an overseas call today. Here she is with her mobile phone waiting for the call coming over the seas.  
Been waiting there for long ?  
The body language says she is angry.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010,Tuesday, September 21, 2010
print media

Early morning today oh deeah ! 
what is the date today ?  
21st september  2010
i went downstairs to pick up the news paper 'The Hindu' which my sister subscribes, not me
i am as allergic to news papers as i am with intelligence and wisdom

i carry the news paper like i would carry a dead rotting stinking fish to throw, i'll have some respect for the dead fish though.
My neighbour was telling me some spooky incidents which i treated with my usual contempt. That story was still on my mind
So i walk towards the newspaper, i heard the news paper talking to me. 
in an American accent

oh deeah ! this is not happening to me.  
of all the people  meeee ?  What ?
i was scared out of my wits
i heard the word Volkswagen  
what is this ?
still in a state of shock afraid to touch the news paper

pick up the milk....  pick up the milk,  my neighbour said from the floor above
Huh ?   The news paper was still talking to me, some rubbish about volkswagen.

on the last page i saw a black box like contraption ( black box of air crafts is orange in colour )  and some voice was coming out of  the holes
some chapee was talking about volkswagen

this is absurd i said to myself aloud

what is absurd my sister asked, i said nothing, gave the news paper to her

i wanted to take a picture of the talking device, i think such contraptions are implanted in talking dolls
This was a news paper advertisement for Volkswagen

i was talking to Uma  i told her that this guy is not shutting up
she said  fold the paper and he will shut up, which he did.

print media
Friday, September 10, 2010,Friday, September 10, 2010
Vinayaka idol making

vinayaka idol making

vinayaka idol making

vinayaka chaturti

vinayaka chaturti


vinayaka chaturti

pooja material

This pooja material shop is in Pondy Bazaar. Had Kollu kattai and sundal Sathya brought, her mom made it for Vinayaka Chaturti pooja

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,Friday, September 10, 2010
Marina beach chennai

marina beach chennai

Marina Beach

i will not recommend eating anything here. Take a picture and run.

You can't have all the activities on Marina beach in one post. There will be more coming in the near future.


,Friday, September 10, 2010
,Friday, September 10, 2010
banana field

banana leaf

From banana field to where it ends up

banana leaf for food

Banana leaf

then it comes to you

jaggery payasam in coconut shell

This is jaggery payasam

food on banana leaf

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Thursday, September 9, 2010,Thursday, September 09, 2010

Cloudy hot and humid and its not raining. Drizzles are not enough, we need rain in buckets.
Monday, September 6, 2010,Monday, September 06, 2010
WAIT WAIT WAIT...........
Chennai Traffic cop

wait wait wait...... Where do you think you are going ?
This is a Chennai Traffic cop stopping an offender. Believe me our cops simply love the offenders. They are bread and butter of the police force.
In fact the cops here are happy to see them commit some traffic offense or the other.

family on a scooter

A Family on a scooter. 
This is pretty normal here in Chennai, and cops now ignore them, it is an offense nonetheless. Much worse in North India where a family on a scooter carrying things like furniture, big utensils, is a common sight and i have seen one family carrying a ladder on a much smaller two wheeler. They use the scooter like a small truck.

We the people of Chennai are mostly law abiding citizens, we are CHO CHWEEET, MUUUWAH !. We don't push to the limits. We don't like to give lot of work to the Chennai police force. We want them to relax but they are too relaxed and lazy for anybody's comfort.

You can see more pictures in India overload post in Daylight Again

You see harsh shadows in the picture. That can give you an idea how hot it is here. The husband is sensible, wearing a white dress but the wife's black Sari is unpardonable. She'll be roasted in the heat by the time she reaches home.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010,Saturday, September 04, 2010
pooja coconut and burning camphor

pooja coconut and burning camphor

This is how new things or the day begins here. Coconut with burning camphor is smashed on the road. Yes on the road.
This being my first post, and this is my Pooja, booja as we pronounce it here.

There have been protests from friends that i never post anything about my city Chennai. Here it is, a whole blog, Chennai in pictures. There are many Chennai daily picture blogs, i can't promise the same as i disappear with alarming regularity, travel or simply sit and do nothing, when i get in to a silent mode. have no energy to post pictures and write every day like Daily photo blogs.

pooja material

selling pooja coconuts

This is where you get the Pooja coconuts from. 
And this is where they all end up,  yes on the road

Chennai pooja on the road

Chennai,pooja on the road

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